Here it is, at long last: the first electric Porsche Macan.
It’ll arrive in Australia late in 2024.
The dual-motor all-wheel drive Macan 4 is priced at $133,700 before on-road costs, with the Macan Turbo ringing up at $180,100 before on-roads.
Debuting the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) co-developed with Audi, the Macan features an 800-volt electrical architecture.
The Macan packs new permanently excited PSM electric motors on the front and rear axles, with the Macan 4 producing up to 300kW of power and 650Nm of torque on overboost, and the Turbo bumping those outputs to 470kW and 1130Nm.
The Macan 4 has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 220km/h, while the Macan Turbo takes just 3.3 seconds and has a 260km/h top speed.
Porsche claims its Porsche Traction Management system operates around five times faster than a conventional all-wheel drive system, while the Turbo brings Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, an electronically controlled differential lock on the rear axle.
Air suspension is standard on the Turbo with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damping control.
Rear-axle steering is optional, with a maximum steering angle of five degrees to make the car easier to manoeuvre at low speeds and more stable at high speeds.
All models use a 100kWh battery (96kWh net) which can be charged at up to 270kW, with a 10 to 80 per cent charge taking approximately 21 minutes.
Claimed combined cycle WLTP range is between 516km and 613km in the Macan 4 and 518-591km in the Macan Turbo.
Porsche says that at 400-volt charging stations, a high-voltage switch in the battery allows the 800-volt battery to effectively be split into two, each with a rated voltage of 400 volts, thereby allowing charging at up to 135kW without an additional HV booster.
It can also be charged at up to 11kW using an AC wall box, while Porsche says up to 240kW of energy can be recuperated via the electric motors while driving.
The new Macan measures 4784mm long, 1938mm wide and 1622mm tall on a 2893mm wheelbase. That’s 58mm longer, 11mm wider and 1mm taller than the outgoing base Macan on an 86mm longer wheelbase.
There’s an 84L storage cavity under the bonnet, while boot space at the rear measures 540L – the latter expanding to 1348L with the rear seats folded.
Porsche also claims maximum towing capacity of 2000kg.
Up front there’s split-level lighting, with the daytime running lights and their four-point LED internals sitting up higher and the main headlight module sitting lower.
Matrix LED technology is standard on the Macan Turbo, and alloy wheels measuring up to 22 inches are available.
Porsche says the new Macan has a drag coefficient of 0.25, thanks in part to the Porsche Active Aerodynamics system which includes an adaptive rear spoiler, active cooling flaps on the front air intakes, air curtains below the headlights, and flexible covers on the fully sealed underbody.
Inside, there’s a 12.6-inch curved digital instrument cluster, a 10.9-inch central touchscreen, and an available 10.9-inch passenger display that can be used to stream video content or adjust settings. A head-up display is optional.
The infotainment system is based on Android Automotive, and a voice assistant – activated with the prompt “Hey Porsche” – can suggest routes. A Porsche App Centre allows you to download apps from third-party providers.
Depending on the model, the front occupants sit up to 28mm lower than before, while rear passengers sit up to 15mm lower and have more legroom than before.
The company says the rising design of the centre console gives the feeling of a performance vehicle, while the large, frameless windows provide an airy feel.
There remain analogue controls for adjusting the air vents and climate control, while an LED ambient light strip across the dash and doors also communicates key messages for charging and the Macan’s driver assistance systems.
Porsche has also released a partial features list for the Macan 4 and Turbo in Australia. All models receive as standard:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane Change Assist
- Semi-automatic parking assist
- Surround-view camera
- Privacy glass
- Keyless entry and start
- Rear side airbags
- Digital radio
- 14-way Comfort seats with memory (no-cost option on Turbo)
The brand’s Power Steering Plus and Porsche Active Suspension Management systems are optional on the Macan 4, and standard on the Turbo.
The Turbo also receives:
- Matrix LED headlights
- Four-zone climate control
- Sport Chrono Package
- Porsche Electric Sport Sound
- Panoramic roof
- Air suspension
21-inch high-gloss black Macan Turbo wheels are a no-cost option on, naturally, the Macan Turbo.
The outgoing Macan first entered production in 2014, making it the oldest vehicle in its segment. Porsche has delivered more than 800,000 examples of the first-generation Macan worldwide.
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